Heat Waves: Preparing for & Managing the Effects of Extreme Heat on Health, Populations, Emergency Housing, and Hospitals

Tues­day, April 26th @ The Cen­ter, 5:30–8pm


What do archi­tects, land­scape archi­tects, engi­neers, and health care plan­ners need to know to help our region han­dle future unavoid­able heat waves?

In an ongo­ing dis­cus­sion about the long-term effects of extreme heat on New York, which has just expe­ri­enced two of hottest years on record – the AIANY Design for Risk and Recon­struc­tion and Health Facil­i­ties Com­mit­tees and the New York Soci­ety for Health Plan­ning (NYSHP) ask: Who has the infor­ma­tion and answers we need?

This pro­gram will look at the plan­ning and design of relief, recov­ery, and retro­fitting in the face of unin­ter­rupt­ed heat waves. Keynote speak­er Sab­ri­na McCormick, a pro­fes­sor and video­g­ra­ph­er, will dis­cuss the soci­o­log­i­cal and med­ical effects of extreme heat on pop­u­la­tion health. Oth­er speak­ers will address redesign of cities, build­ings, and open spaces; cool­ing cen­ters and oth­er dis­as­ter shel­ter in NYC; HVAC sys­tems design for health­care facil­i­ties; and relat­ed pop­u­la­tion health man­age­ment.

The pro­gram coin­cides with the release of the print and online report of “Extreme Heat: Hot Cities” sym­po­sium, a day-long event last Novem­ber led by DfRR that focused on mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion. Speak­ers from mul­ti­ple city agen­cies (Health, Plan­ning, and Emer­gency Man­age­ment) as well as archi­tects, plan­ners, land­scape archi­tects, and mate­ri­als and sys­tems man­u­fac­tur­ers tack­led the issue.

“Extreme sum­mer heat kills on aver­age over 100 New York­ers annu­al­ly from heat stroke and the heat-relat­ed exac­er­ba­tion of chron­ic health prob­lems,” stat­ed Dan Zarril­li, Senior Direc­tor for Cli­mate Pol­i­cy and Pro­grams in the NYC Mayor’s Office. Hun­dreds more need hos­pi­tal or emer­gency-room care for seri­ous heat-relat­ed ill­ness – num­bers that quick­ly rise, espe­cial­ly for vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents with­out ade­quate cool­ing or care options. It is an issue that impacts pow­er, water, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, and food access, ulti­mate­ly affect­ing us all.

Please note the ear­li­er start time. 

Greet­ing and Mod­er­a­tor: Illya Azaroff, AIA, Prin­ci­pal, +LAB Archi­tects PLLC; Assoc. Pro­fes­sor, New York City Col­lege of Tech­nol­o­gy; Found­ing Co-Chair, AIANY DfRR

Pre­sen­ta­tion of “Extreme Heat: Hot Cities” Sym­po­sium Report: Joan Capelin, Hon. AIA, Fel­low PRSA, Prin­ci­pal, Capelin Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Inc.; Co-Chair, AIANY DfRR

Sab­ri­na McCormick, PhD, Assoc. Pro­fes­sor, Milken Insti­tute School of Pub­lic Health, George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty; Senior Fel­low, Whar­ton Risk and Deci­sion Cen­ter, Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia

Cyn­thia Bar­ton, Hous­ing and Recov­ery Pro­gram Man­ag­er, Human Ser­vices Unit, NYC Emer­gency Man­age­ment

Pip­pa Bras­hear, MLA, MUP, Direc­tor of Plan­ning and Resilience, SCAPE / Land­scape Archi­tec­ture

Christo­pher McHugh, PE, Part­ner, AKF, LLP, Con­sult­ing Engi­neers

Jef­frey Raven, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. Pro­fes­sor and Direc­tor of the Grad­u­ate Pro­gram, Urban and Region­al Design, NYIT; Prin­ci­pal, RAVEN A + U

Paul Sav­age, MBA, BSIE, Direc­tor, Health­care Man­age­ment, Senior Clin­i­cal Lec­tur­er in Pop­u­la­tion Health Man­age­ment, Iona Col­lege

Orga­nized by: AIANY Design for Risk and Recon­struc­tion Com­mit­tee, AIANY Health Facil­i­ties Com­mit­tee, and New York Soci­ety for Health Plan­ning (NYSHP)

Price: Free for AIA mem­bers and stu­dents with valid ID; $10 for non-mem­bers